Liverpool could use Michael Edwards advantage to sign Premier League proven attacker – Mark Wakefield

Liverpool’s latest transfer rumour should not come as a surprise to many people who have kept an eye on their recent dealings.

The Reds have followed a clear and well-structured plan when it comes to bringing in fresh talent, with the exception of last January where a couple of last-minute deals needed to be struck.

According to The Mirror , Liverpool are interested in signing striker Hwang Hee-chan, who is currently on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers from RB Leipzig.

Manchester City are also said to be in the race for the 24-year-old, who has scored four goals in nine appearances for Wolves this term.

Wolves do have the option to sign Hwang on a permanent deal, and, as you would expect, they are reportedly considering getting that done in January to avoid other clubs swooping in.

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Should anyone really be surprised to see Liverpool, and Man City for that matter, linked with Hwang?

For City, they failed to sign a striker in the summer and are likely to try and revisit their options when the window opens in the New Year.

For Liverpool, there are a host of reasons why Hwang is a player who is the least surprising rumoured target of them all.

Jurgen Klopp is being forced to deal with a number of injuries once again, this time it’s his midfield and forward third that are affected.

Roberto Firmino is currently sidelined with a ‘serious’ hamstring problem, while Sadio Mane raised some concerns with a possible rib injury while on international duty with Senegal.

Add to this the fact that Mohamed Salah and Mane are jetting off for the Africa Cup of Nations in the New Year, Liverpool’s forward options suddenly look rather depleted.

As with last season, dipping into the transfer market seems the obvious solution, but the club waited until the last minute to act nearly 12 months ago.

Will they do the same again this time round?

What also makes Hwang the most obvious transfer target is his parent club, RB Leipzig. This would not be the first time that Liverpool have had dealings with the Bundesliga club, or their owners Red Bull.

Ibrahima Konate was signed from Leipzig in the summer for £36millon, joining Naby Keita in arriving from the German outfit.

It’s not just Leipzig that Liverpool have had negotiations with, but also Red Bull Salzburg. Takumi Minamino was signed from the Austrian club in January 2020, in a deal worth £7.25m.

Let’s not forget, Mane started his career in Europe with Salzburg before joining Southampton and then, subsequently, Liverpool.

Hwang also has a personal history with Liverpool, having scored against them for Salzburg in their thrilling Champions League encounter in September 2019. Minamino also scored that evening, and three months later he was a Liverpool player.

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It’s also worth mentioning players that have been linked with Liverpool in the past, and present, that are also tied to Red Bull.

Patson Daka was extensively linked with a move to Anfield while with Salzburg, before joining Leicester City in the summer. Then in more recent months, Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi has been reported in certain quarters as a possible target for the Reds.

So the Reds do have a recent history when it comes to dealing with Red Bull-owned clubs.

And sporting director Michael Edwards is said to have good relations with his counterparts at those teams.

Will that help them to sign Hwang, should the rumours prove to be true? Possibly, but the likelihood is Wolves will have the advantage given a deal has already been struck with an option to buy the forward.

Liverpool would likely need to make an impressive offer in order to get Leipzig to deal with them over Wolves, and what are the chances of that happening?

Once again, it’s a case of waiting to see what happens.

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